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NI Executive Announces Relaxation of Restrictions

The Executive agreed yesterday, 15 April, that restrictions would be releaxed over the coming weeks. 

Relaxation of Regulations

From April 23:

  • Resumption of driving instruction and theory tests;
  • Driving testing can resume;
  • Re-opening of close contact services including training;
  • Re-opening of outdoor visitor attractions including outdoor activity centres;
  • Resumption of Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning (EATL) on an indoor and outdoor basis in gatherings of up to 30 people;
  • Outdoor sport organised by a club, individual or individuals affiliated will be extended to include squad training;
  • Competitive outdoor sport organised by a club, individual or individuals affiliated, with participant numbers not exceeding 100 and no spectators permitted can return and
  • Static band practice/rehearsal will be permitted in agreed outdoor locations.

From 30 April:

  • Increase the numbers permitted to gather in Domestic Setting Outdoors – to 15 people from no more than 3 households;
  • Reopen all of retail;
  • Reopen and permit overnight stays in self-contained tourist accommodation for one household only;
  • Reopen unlicensed premises, outdoors only with a maximum of 6 people from 2 households per table and contact details recorded;
  • Reopen licensed premises, including social clubs, outdoors only, limited to 6 people from no more than 2 households and contact details recorded;
  • Remove the curfew on takeaways;
  • Remove the curfew on off licences; and
  • Permit individual activities in gyms, swimming pools and other large venues – including with a carer and to allow 1-2-1 training/coaching with social distancing.

An indicative date of May 24 for:

  • Reopening unlicensed and licensed premises indoors with mitigations;
  • Reopening the remainder of Tourist accommodation;
  • Allowing visits indoors in domestic settings;
  • Reopening indoor visitor attractions; and
  • Resume indoor group exercise and training in numbers limited to suit the venue.

The next formal review of the restrictions is set for 13 May 2021. 

 

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